Massage Chair Therapy & Anxiety Relief

Do you suffer from anxiety? Anxiety is the internal response of the body to fear, worry and apprehension. Many times one does not even know the reasons why they are feeling their anxiety. There can sometimes be physical responses such as chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath and palpitations. Although there are numerous treatment options for anxiety, one very positive method is massage chair therapy.

In numerous studies, massage was shown to reduce levels of anxiety and decrease stress hormones. This was the case for less serious anxiety, whereas, chronic forms of anxiety may require a more complete treatment. One thing is for sure; anxiety can be very debilitating and varies in intensity and duration in different people.

If you think about it, a soothing massage helps you to relax and unwind. But that is just the beginning. There are many health benefits of massage therapy. Massage can provide much needed relief for sufferers of anxiety. If you have a more chronic, intense or prolonged periods of anxiety, then it is always best to consult you health care professional before deciding on a course of action.

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue that includes your muscles, skin and tendons. There are numerous massage therapies available in massage chairs. There are Shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, reflexology, acupressure and many more. Each type of massage has specific applications and results.

Many people think of massage as a luxury only being offered to the rich and famous in expensive spas and health clubs. The reality is massage chairs provide an affordable and effective alternative. These advanced massage chair recliners are effective in reducing stress, pain, and anxiety.

Massage therapy helps to relieve tension in your muscles and tendons. Some massage chairs come with MP3 players where you can listen to soft music. This helps your mind to relax as the massage chair starts to release the built up tension and stress in your body. Massage also helps to release endorphins or your natural painkillers which help reduce aches and pains.

Massage chairs provide full body massage capabilities. They have roller mechanisms that provide a vast array of massages to the back, shoulders and neck. They also come with air massage systems that can provide compression and reflexology massages to the buttocks, thighs, hips, calves, feet, arms and hands. These massage recliners help your body by relieving muscle tension and tightness.

Some additional capabilities of massage chair recliners include heating elements. Heat therapy has been shown to increase blood circulation and to reduce swelling. You can also find massage chairs with stretching or traction capabilities. They can stretch out the lower body and now some can even stretch the shoulders and arms.

If you are interested in a massage chair, then start with the best brands. The best massage recliner brands are Panasonic, Omega and Sanyo. These companies have excellent massage therapies, well designed chairs and comprehensive warranty coverage. Sticking with a recognized name brand will provide you with years of trouble-free massage therapy.

If you suffer from anxiety, check with your health care provider about possible treatment options. A massage chair can be a very practical investment providing years of convenient massage therapy in the comfort of home. The technology of these chairs has advanced dramatically in the last few years, so check out what features and functions are right for you. Do not let anxiety get the best of you, get a massage chair and release your stress, anxiety and tension.

Online Counseling & Mindfulness Therapy For Anxiety & Depression

Online Psychotherapy, e-counseling and internet-therapy are becoming very popular. It is convenient, affordable and proven effective. The focus is on giving you the tools to better manage your depression, anxiety, stress and other difficult emotions.

Mindfulness Therapy is one of the most promising approaches for helping you learn how to work on making changes at the core level; quite different that just talking about your problems, which is not very efficient for resolving persistent emotional reactions. If you feel stuck, Mindfulness Therapy helps you get unstuck; if you feel overly worried and anxious, Mindfulness Therapy helps you find inner balance; if you feel over-stressed, Mindfulness Therapy helps you neutralize your habitual stress reactions; if you suffer from depression, Mindfulness Therapy helps you neutralize the negative self-talk and thinking. Above all, Mindfulness Therapy produces an inner healing space, the space of mindful awareness that allows emotions to unfold, unwind and become malleable again. Mindfulness allows emotional suffering to change, transform and resolve.

Mindfulness Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses mindful awareness directly on the problematic emotions and effectively creates a therapeutic space around the emotion that has an immensely transformative effect. In effect, you make the emotion the primary object of a session of meditation. This is why it is also called Mindfulness Meditation Therapy (MMT).

We all know how reactivity simply makes things worse and only serves to reinforce our suffering, along with those around us. Well mindfulness is the antidote: It stops the proliferation of reactivity and then creates this inner healing space in which the emotional energy that has become stuck can become fluid again, leading to beneficial change and healing. Some clients have described this healing process as being like shining rays of sunlight onto a block of ice. The ice (frozen emotional energy) simply melts and the water becomes fluid again and becomes available to nourish the earth (your psyche). It is a lovely image, and describes the healing effect of creating inner freedom through mindfulness.

The skill of learning how to work with depression, anxiety, stress and difficult emotions requires that you learn how to establish a mindfulness based relationship with your inner emotions. Avoidance and resistance only makes things worse. For painful emotions like anxiety and trauma to heal we must bring them into the light of mindful awareness. When we do this skillfully, with openness of mind and heart, emotions begin to become malleable again and undergo change, often by themselves. The direct healing effects of mindfulness are well known and are applied to great effect in Mindfulness Therapy.

What’s the Difference Between Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emotional Support Animals?

There is controversy surrounding the roles of animals in the lives of people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. Many of us have seen the posts online about registering your animal as an emotional support animal with a small fee, and being able to keep your animal in a no pets allowed setting. This has led people to question the legitimacy of all service animals and their roles. A feeling of distrust among people who do not understand the difference between these animals, and the rights that accompany them, has been emerging as more people utilize these services.

Service Dogs are the most protected and trained of the 3 types of dogs. While many people refer to all 3 types as “service animals”, the official names for this type is Service Dog. These dogs are legally considered medical equipment and have a price tag to match, ranging from $10,000- $50,000. They are intensively trained for 1.5-2.5 years, having to pass a variety of tests to be serviceable including, but not limited to, opening cupboards, retrieving dropped objects, staying calm in public, etc.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Service Dogs are allowed anywhere their handler is, and cannot be turned away from an establishment or refused to go to work with their handler. DOT’s Air Carrier Access Act, and DOJ/HUD Fair Housing Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act cover other circumstances that the ADA doesn’t. While there is a difference between Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals, there is a gray area for dogs that are used to calm anxiety attacks under ADA rules. Psychiatric Service Dogs are covered under the ADA only if they perform a specific action to avoid or lessen an attack. If they are just there for comfort then they are considered an Emotional Support Animal.

Therapy dogs are kind of the opposite side of the same coin as Service Dogs. Instead of offering physical aid to their handlers, they provide psychological or physiological therapy to others and are accompanied by a handler who doesn’t usually need their service. The best example of a therapy dog would be dogs that go to children’s hospitals to bring comfort, or dogs that work in school systems.

These animals, like the Service Dogs, require extensive training. Therapy dogs are also encouraged to be very social and interact with a variety of people, unlike Service Dogs who need to focus on their handler. Therapy dogs may be trained by anyone, but they need to meet standards to be certified. Therapy dogs do not have the same rights as service dogs, though many places will allow a therapy dog to accompany their owners, they are not required to by law.

The last type we are discussing are Emotional Support Animals. This one is the most vague and open-ended. An Emotional Support Animal does not have to have any special training and most of the time is registered by its owner because it brings comfort. Also, an Emotional Support Animal does not have to be a dog. These animals are not protected under the ADA and cannot accompany their owners in establishments where there are no animals allowed. Owners with a registered support animals can keep them in housing that otherwise does not allow pets according to the Fair Housing Act.